My husband and I are both Greek (as you may have guessed, if you’ve been following the blog!). He is from Ikaria, I am from Rhodes. We’ve lived away from Greece for three years now, but our homeland never seemed too far away - we enjoyed plenty of family holidays back there and knew that if anything happened we could jump on the next plane and be ‘home’ in hours.

That’s until this past year, and the pandemic. Being suddenly unable to visit friends and family that we love was completely unexpected, and was harder than we could ever have imagined. It was like an impenetrable wall was suddenly erected between us and our family.

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Wondering what you should cook to best accompany your Greek recipe? Just as in the UK fish would be lost without chips, there are many Greek dishes that wouldn’t be what they are without their accompaniment!

My top 5 Greek side dishes are a little more flexible than the ‘fish & chip’ example above, though. Although some work best with some dishes and some with others, these five accompaniments are my ‘go to’ sides for any and all Greek savoury dishes! I hope this list is useful - the measurements are based on quantities to feed a family of 4 as a side.

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I thought this would be a useful blog to post, because perhaps it explains some of my choices, and my focuses, for my recipes in fooodlove!

So, of course, you will know by now that I am a Greek (originally from Rhodes), who moved with my Greek husband to make our home in the UK, with our two daughters. All three eat meat, whilst I am vegetarian (pescatarian, really). If you’re in a similar situation and wondering how it works for us, read on.

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Greek yoghurt (spelt ‘yogurt’ in the US!), is a really flexible product, that can be used for countless dairy substitutions in recipes. Whether you’re trying to make a recipe healthier or simply lack one ingredient, it can be a really great alternative. If you’ve ever wondered “can I use Greek yoghurt instead of…”, we are here to answer! In the blog below, we’ll suggest all the recipe substitutions you might have considered, and hopefully suggest some that you hadn’t thought up yet too!

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Perhaps I should start by saying that I am not one to be much swayed by superstitions. Perhaps that’s why I’m not afraid to have 13 sections for my blog on superstitions!  Even though I don’t believe in them, superstitions in Greece sometimes seem foundational to the whole culture!

Although myself and my husband might now laugh at some of the superstitions we grew up taking so seriously, they seemed very real to us as children - and remain a very real part of daily life to plenty of Greek people.

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